Mandelson: The Real PM?

Published on 1st February 2016 by

Lord Peter Mandelson was one of the Labour parties most prominent figures during their 13 years in government between 1997 and 2010, one of the chief architects of the New Labour movement and a close ally and advisor of the Prime Minister Tony Blair. He was perceived by much of the public to be an extremely powerful figure behind the scenes, leading him to be nicknamed ‘The Prince of Darkness’, with some claiming that he was the real PM and that Tony Blair was in effect his mouthpiece.

Mandelson: The Real PM is a a superb 2010 fly-on-the-wall documentary by the BBC about Peter Mandelson, following him for a period in the run up to the 2010 general election which was being contested with Gordon Brown as the Labour Prime Minister seeking to legitimize his position. It provides a fascinating insight into a mysterious man, and did seem to suggest that Mandelson revelled in his reputation. The film maker Hannah Rothschild was given access to all areas of Mandelson’s life for a month to make the 74 minute long film (and yes, she is a member of that famous Rothschild banking family!).


Peter Mandelson published the number 1 bestselling memoir The Third Man in 2010, in which he primarily writes about being one of the three founding fathers of New Labour and his relationship with the other two men – Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. It is available in paperback, hardback, kindle, and audio CD formats.

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